President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to relieve his Special Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie of her appointment as she has joined those sabotaging this administration
Reacting to a Facebook and Twitter message by Lauretta Onochie where she claimed that she has “just been informed that Police Officers on Duty tour, are not paid the allowances due them,” the National Coordinator of United Young Professionals, Adewole Kehinde said it was unfortunate that this is coming from the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media.
“It is unfortunate that that such post could come from someone who have access to the Inspector General of Police and the Police Public Relations Officers could be so low to take to the social media to fabricate false allegations against the government she is serving as the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Adewole said.
“We want to inform the ignorance of Lauretta Onochie that in 2015, Police Capital Budget Proposal was N345,756,469,886, Capital Appropriation was N17,800,000,000 but Amount Released & Cash-backed was N8,900,000,000 but Balance Not Released was N8,900,000,000. Also in 2016, Police Capital Budget Proposal was N331,000,000,000, Capital Appropriation was N16,107,272,000 but Amount Released & Cash-backed was N10,026,818,000 but Balance Not Released was N6,080,454,000
“Also on the Overhead Cost Allocations; In 2015, Police Overhead Proposal N71,894,140,124 while Overhead Cost Allocation N5,895,797,734 but Amount Released N4,838,790,846 while the Balance Not Released 1,057,006,888.00. In 2016, Police Overhead Proposal N90,645,426,172 while Overhead Cost Allocation N9,250,565,307 but Amount Released was N6,369,343,519.18 while the Balance Not Released N2,881,221,787.82
“Total amount required for Local travels and transport annually in 2016 is N200 Billion but ONLY N368 Million was released. In the 2017 Appropriation, a budget of N411,000,000 is made for Local Travels & Transport nationwide. This translates to an average of N58,714 annually to each of the 7,000 locations or just N4,893 monthly per formation. The implication of this is that Police officers on official assignments are not paid their duty tour allowances thereby making the Police to fall back on the state governments to offset some of these allowances.
Adewole further reiterated that the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie should rather called on the Minister of Finance to rather release the adequate fund needed for the Nigeria Police rather than castigating the best Police Force in Africa
“We sincerely hope that the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie has not been compromised as we enter election year because it is in her nature to go for the highest bidder, no wonder she entitled her post as “HE WHO PAYS THE PIPER, DICTATES THE TUNE…” Adewole said.
We called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris to as a matter urgency, take up the sabotage attitude of Lauretta Onochie with the Presidency even though we have been assured by the Force PRO CSP Jimoh Moshood that will be done urgently, the statement concluded.